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June 11: HAL cancels further Vancouver/some Hawaii, Amsterdam area ports allow smallest ships, Pullmantur delays to Nov. 15, Palm Beach port workers get free masks

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Florida's Port of Palm Beach is among about 400 maritime transportation entities nationwide that received reusable cloth masks
Here's a quick read of some of today’s coronavirus-related cruise news and announcements.

Keep checking back. This is being continuously updated.

HAL cancels further Vancouver sailings, some early 2021 Hawaii cruises

Holland America Line canceled additional departures from Vancouver, BC, in 2020, and certain Hawaii itineraries in early 2021.

Cancellations include Eurodam's Sept. 26 22-day Panama Canal cruise from Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale, Koningsdam's Sept. 26 cruise from Vancouver to San Diego and Koningsdam's Jan. 16 and Feb. 2 Hawaii voyages round-trip San Diego.

Also impacted: Maasdam's Sept. 21 16-day Mexico and Sea of Cortez cruise from Vancouver to San Diego, Noordam's Sept. 27 14-day crossing from Vancouver to Yokohama, Japan, and Volendam's Sept. 30, Oct. 3 and Oct. 10 Pacific Northwest and coastal cruises from Vancouver.

Canceled, too, is Westerdam's Sept. 20 17-day Hawaii cruise, round-trip Vancouver, and the ship's Oct. 7 23-day 'Inca Discovery' voyage from Vancouver to San Antonio (Santiago), Chile.

Travelers who have paid in full will automatically receive a 125% future cruise credit; those who haven't paid in full will receive an FCC double the amount of their deposit. The minimum FCC is $100 and the maximum will be an amount up to the base cruise fare paid.

The FCC is valid for 12 months and may be used to book sailings departing through 2022.

Those who prefer a full refund can request it on HAL's cancellation preferences form no later than July 15.

Ships up to 30 passengers can enter Amsterdam Cruise Port region

As the Netherlands relax COVID-19 restrictions, municipalities in the Amsterdam Cruise Port region are adjusting the measures that apply to river and ocean cruise vessels.

Cruise ships carrying a maximum of 30 passengers are currently allowed to enter the ports of Amsterdam, IJmuiden, Hoorn, Huizen, Alkmaar, Den Helder, Enkhuizen, Haarlem, Lelystad, Medemblik and Zaanstad.

From July 1, it is expected that ships carrying a maximum of 100 passengers will be allowed, depending on national guidelines. Dates may vary by municipality.

Pullmantur cancels cruises until Nov. 15

Pullmantur Cruises extended its suspension until Nov. 15, citing uncertainty about the evolution of COVID-19 and 'uncertainty about the way in which we will be able to sail, once the limitations imposed by the different countries are lifted.'

The Spanish operator said it will take advantage of this period to better understand the implications of COVID-19 for operations and to develop enhanced health and safety protocols.

Port of Palm Beach workers given free reusable masks

Florida's Port of Palm Beach distributed reusable cloth face coverings to tenants who will provide the masks to mariners, stevedores, truck drivers and other essential maritime workers. Port employees, including security guards, also received masks.

The Port of Palm Beach is among about 400 maritime transportation entities nationwide that received masks, thanks in large part to the American Association of Port Authorities and the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration.

AAPA Government Relations Director Cary Davis said the association worked with maritime partners to aggressively advocate for an allocation of masks for essential maritime transportation workers. The masks are part of a Federal Emergency Management Agency effort to keep essential businesses going while limiting the spread of COVID-19. About 3,000 face masks arrived at the port on Monday.

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